HARRY BENNETTS RETURNS TO UKARIA
‘It took me a few days to accept that I had won a position in the [Berlin Philharmonic] Academy, I was so sure that someone had made a mistake! The orchestra has quite a unique vibe, it’s one of the best in the world, but it has the energy of a youth orchestra which is something so intoxicating in performance’
- Harry Bennetts
Violinist Harry Bennetts is a young musician we’ve followed closely over the years. The recipient of a Klein Family Foundation scholarship to study at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Harry appeared at the opening of the Cultural Centre in August 2015. His performance of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel with harpist Marshall McGuire was a moment of unparalleled contemplative beauty, one that remains undiminished in our memories.
Following his studies at ANAM, Harry received the news in July last year that he would be the first musician from the institution to win a place at the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy. Under the mentorship of concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley, Harry is now around nine months into the two-year residency. We caught up with him to bring you this special interview, offering a fascinating insight into the inner workings of one of the world’s top orchestras.
Harry returns to Australia in July to perform at UKARIA Cultural Centre on Sunday 9 July with Melbourne based pianist Louisa Breen, a graduate of the Royal College of Music in London. Their program includes Beethoven’s Spring Sonata for Piano Violin in F major, Op.24, Chausson’s Poéme, Op. 25, Lutosławski’s Subito for Violin and Piano, and the Richard Strauss Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op.18.